Anahi’s room

Anahi’s room is a film and live performance by director Ivalo Frank featuring poet Jessie
Kleemann as well as performance artists from different corners of the world: Nadine Milzner
(Germany), Ronni Maciel (Brazil), Raven Do Canto (India) and Miki Shoji (Japan). The theme of
the film is childhood abuse and sheds light on a topic, still covered in darkness.
Through poetry, music and performance the piece alludes to the deeply felt emotional pain and
psychological displacement of the soul, which are just some of the consequences abuse leaves
behind in the victim. At another level the performance opens up to a discussion about colonisational
abuse, in the relation between Denmark (coloniser) and Greenland (colonised).
Too many children suffer because of the silence surrounding abuse. Let’s use art as a tool with

which we can break taboo and discuss emotionally charged parts of our society.

Credits

A film by Ivalo Frank
Poetry by Jessie Kleemann
Performance by Jessie Kleemann, Miki Shoji, Ronni Maciel, Nadine Milzner & Raven Do Canto
Music by Non-Functional Harmony

Jessie Kleemann was born in Upernavik in northern Greenland and trained as a lithographic artist.From 1978 to 1979, she was a student at the Tuukkaq theatre in Fjaltring in northern Jutland, from
1984 to 1991 director of the school of arts in Nuuk, during which period she took leave in 1989 in connection with the staging of the play Asanninneq naliitsoq, based on Märta Tikkanen’s Århundradets kärlekssaga.
Between 1991 and 1993, she was the coordinator of the exhibition project Arts from the Arctic as part of the UNESCO programme for the decade of indigenous people. She has participated in Nordic and international exhibitions as well as in many one-person exhibitions and as a poet has represented Greenland at Nordic and international literary events. Her first independent poetry collection was Taallat. Digte. Poems, 1997.

Ivalo Frank has lived in several countries and now resides in Berlin. Holding a MA in Social Science from Lund University, she works as an artist film-maker. Frank has made films in various countries such as Bosnia, China and Greenland and the content range from post-war portraits and post-colonial perspectives to in-depth interviews with citizens from the former DDR. Her films are shown in academic, art and film contexts world-wide, e.g. at the Humboldt University Berlin, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and IMC gallery, New York. Selected for numerous international film festivals, Frank’s work has been included in CPH:DOX and the International Film Festival of Cinematic Art a.o. She has won a number of awards ex. the Honorable Mention Award, Los Angeles International Film Festival and Best Documentary Award, London Underground Film Festival.

 

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